The 2015 Lemelson Award for Innovative Digital Projects in Social Research

I am pleased to announce the winning project team of the Lemelson Award for Innovative Digital Projects in Social Research. 

Young Workers Animated for Change 

Team Members: Tobias Higbie (UCLA History Department), Janna Shadduck-Hernández (UCLA Labor Center), Saba Waheed (UCLA Labor Center), Preeti Sharma (UCLA Gender Studies)

This award will fund the creation of an animated video, to be distributed through social media, which will publicize the findings of a survey on wage earners aged 18-29 in Los Angeles. Compiled by the UCLA Labor Center, the survey highlights challenges young workers face, such as low wages, wage theft, and contingent work. The animated video will translate the findings of the survey and the history of youth employment in terms that are broadly understandable, engaging, and impactful. Information on the video, as well as the two planned viewing events during 2015-16 will be updated here throughout the year.

Information on these events can be found here.

Congratulations to the winning team and many thanks to the other eight teams of faculty and students who participated in the competition. The review committee was very impressed by the originality and potential relevance of all the projects that were submitted for the award.

Finally, let me renew my sincere thanks to Dr. Robert Lemelson and the Robert Lemelson Foundation for providing the funds that made this award possible.


Alessandro Duranti
Dean of Social Sciences